Police are investigating the death of a newborn girl who was found on Sunday by a hiker in Indianapolis.
The infant was found in the afternoon at Eagle Creek Park about 30 yards from the parking lot. She was wrapped in a blue sweatshirt with an “Aviation Maintenance Vincennes University-Indianapolis” logo. A hiker discovered the girl around 4:30 p.m. and by the time authorities arrived she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to officer Rafael Diaz, spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, police are unsure if the child had any visible injuries. An autopsy will be performed on Monday on the infant, who was believed to be at least one day old.
The IMPD reminded residents that Indiana’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act is still in effect. The law enables a person to give up an unwanted infant without fear of arrest or prosecution as long as the baby is less than 30 days old. Infants can be delivered to a hospital emergency room, fire station or police station anywhere within the state.
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The IMPD asked anyone who recognizes the sweatshirt or can provide information regarding the incident to contact the department immediately.